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The Private Library: The Living Room

We are often asked at Bauman Rare Books if we think there is a future for material books. Answer: Yes! If you build your OWN library. The more people who know and understand how to collect books and build good libraries will be doing their part to ensure the survival of books and maybe (no pressure) civilization itself. Building a library that makes you proud, is functional and beautiful takes some mindfulness, but it should be a personal pleasure that you don’t leave up to some high-priced desi...
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EXCEEDINGLY RARE LARGE PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM, WITH 140 FOLIO MOUNTED ALBUMEN PRINTS OF PRESIDENT GRANT’S FUNERAL PROCESSION, DISTINGUISHED IN PUBLISHER’S MOROCCO-GILT BOARDS

(GRANT, Ulysses S.). Seven Mile Funeral Cortege of General Grant. Boston, 1886.

Rare first edition of this beautiful large folio album of 140 mounted albumen prints, in publisher’s morocco-gilt boards. $23,000.


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“NO OTHER WORK BEFORE HAD EVER ATTEMPTED… SUCH A GRAND SWEEP OF HUMAN RELIGIONS”

(PICART, Bernard) [Bernard, Jean Frédéric]. Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the Several Nations. London, 1731-39. Seven volumes bound in six.

First edition in English of one of the most spectacular illustrated works of the 18th century, complete with 223 large folio copper engravings, 32 double-page or folding, depicting the religious ceremonies of numerous faiths and nations, including Jewish and North American Indian rites. “No other work before had ever attempted, in word and image, such a grand sweep of human religions” (The Book that Changed Europe, 1). $18,500.


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IMPORTANT NEW YORK EDITION OF HENRY JAMES’ WORKS, WITH PHOTOGRAVURES BY ALVIN LANGDON COBURN

JAMES, Henry. Novels and Tales of Henry James. New York, 1907-17. Twenty-six volumes. Important “New York Edition” (trade issue) of Henry James’ works, with 26 beautiful frontispiece photogravures by Alvin Langdon Coburn and special prefaces prepared by James specifically for this edition, handsomely bound in contemporary morocco-gilt. $16,000.


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